Skip to main content

Ellen Tittle family collection

Ellen Tittle family collection

Save page 1 of 2
Open Finding Aid

Finding aid for the Ellen Tittle family collection


Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

January 7, 2016

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Title: Ellen Tittle family collection
Dates: 1920-1973
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and various items from the family of Ellen James Tittle and her daughters, Ada Crawford, Emogene Tittle Boone, and Billie Tittle Walker.
Identification: BC.MSS.08.32
Language: English


This collection is arranged chronologically and by subject.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and various items from the family of Ellen James Tittle and her daughters, Ada Crawford, Emogene Tittle Boone, and Billie Tittle Walker. It also includes correspondence addressed to her daughters Lela Crawford Gilbert and Velma Crawford Eaton Spradling.

Biographical Information

Sarah Ellen James, born September 25, 1885, married Thomas Walker Crawford of Saline County, Arkansas, in 1899. The couple had three daughters, Velma (February 12, 1902), Ada (May 14, 1904), and Lela (November 11, 1906). It is uncertain how the marriage of Ellen, as she was known, and Mr. Crawford ended. However, on August 17, 1915, Ellen James married J. Walter Tittle of Rubicon, Saline County, Arkansas. Walter and Ellen had two daughters, Emogene and Billie, and were divorced in 1939. Through the rest of her life, Ellen lived alternately with her daughters in Texas and Arkansas. She died in February 1983 at Hot Spring, Arkansas.

Emogene Tittle, born June 1, 1916, married Elzie Boone in 1942. Boone served as both an enlisted man and an officer in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He later graduated from Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend seminary. He died June 13, 1974, and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Although Emogene married again, when she died in July 1977, she was buried in Greenwood Cemetery as Emogene Boone.

Billie Tittle, born November 11, 1922, married Fred A. Walker on July 31, 1944. Fred Walker was an officer in the United States Army, serving in Japan, Korea, West Germany, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, among other locations. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. The collection contains correspondence from Billie to her family in 1953, while she was in Japan, and Fred was serving deployments in Korea. The Walkers divorced in 1969.

Ada Crawford was an acrobatic dancer, a telephone operator, and a non-commissioned officer in the Women’s Army Corps, serving in India during World War II. The collection includes some documents from her time as a dancer and a number of photographs from her time in India. She died at Little Rock on August 27, 1994.

Correspondence in the collection is also addressed to Lela Crawford Gilbert (Mrs. Bill) and to Velma Crawford Eaton Spradling. Lela died at Little Rock in December 1978; Velma died in November 1992 at Hot Springs.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Boone, Elzie E., 1919-1974
Boone, Emogene Tittle, 1916-1977
Crawford, Ada, 1904-1994
Gilbert, Lela Crawford, 1906-1978
India -- 1940-1950
Korean War, 1950-1953
Spradling, Velma Crawford Eaton, 1902-1992
Tittle, Ellen James, 1885-1983
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps.
Walker, Billie Tittle, 1922-2002
Walker, Fred A., b. 1922


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ellen Tittle family collection, MSS.08.32, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, July 31, 2008

you wish to report:

Select the collections to add or remove from your search